Cyprus: Turkey warned to stop harassment near drill zone

Saipem 10000 Eni-Kogas vessels working in area

06 October, 12:49

    A rig drilling in an offshore block on concession from the Cypriot government A rig drilling in an offshore block on concession from the Cypriot government

    (ANSAmed) - NICOSIA - Cyprus' Government has warned that there will be serious implications for the process of peace talks, if the Turkish provocations in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) continue and if there is any harassment of the companies operating in it, as CNA reported.

    On September 25, drill ship Saipem 10000 of the Eni-Kogas consortium began testing for hydrocarbon reserves in the EEZ.

    The Italian-Korean joint venture holds concessions on offshore blocks 2,3 and 9 and is contractually bound to drill a minimum of four wells over the next 12 to 18 months.

    "Harassment in any manner of the Company which operates within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic, it is in no way compatible with the orderly conduct of the talks," said Sunday Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides. The spokesman said that on Friday evening, Turkey issued a directive to seafarers (NAVTEX), which binds some areas within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus and that the Cyprus Republic directly adopted a directive which proved the illegality of Turkey's Directive.

    The issue, he noted, was particularly important since was violating the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus and the rights of the company ENI-KOGAS, active within the EEZ of Cyprus, following an agreement with the Republic.(ANSAmed).

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